YOU LOVED URANIUM ONE? YOU’LL LOVE THIS RUSSIA NUCLEAR SCANDAL!
The Wall Street Journal reports, “As President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn promoted a controversial private-sector nuclear power plan in the Middle East that had once involved Russian companies, according to former security-council staffers and others familiar with the effort.” And bonus: unlike Hillary, Flynn was actually in the White House in 2017! What fun! That is if your very notion of fun involves cratering into a nuclear abyss and a country with a robust democratic political culture and civil society overtaken by racism, nihilism and fascism. Oh boy! Yee-haw! Are we having fun yet? More importantly: are we entertained?
From The Wall Street Journal.
ERDOGAN-LINKED TURKISH GOLD TRADER FLIPS, COULD HAVE FLYNN INFO
Business Insider reports, “A Turkish-Iranian gold trader accused of violating US sanctions on Iran pleaded guilty on Tuesday, prompting speculation that he could be cooperating with prosecutors building a case against Michael Flynn”. Business Insider recalls, “The trader, Reza Zarrab, was arrested in March 2016 in Florida. His case was set to go to trial in New York this week on charges of fraud and money laundering, but he took a plea deal that will require him to testify against his codefendant in the same conspiracy, a defense lawyer said on Tuesday.” Of note in this case, “Erdogan apparently continued lobbying for his release into January. By the time Obama left office, the Turkish government had already begun establishing ties to people close to President Donald Trump, including Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani joined Zarrab’s legal team in March, shortly after Flynn was fired,” Business Insider reports, adding, “Zarrab could have information about Flynn’s ties to Erdogan”.
From Business Insider.
MUELLER PROBE INCLUDES FLYNN’S DEFENSE INTEL TENURE
BuzzFeed reports, “Former national security adviser Michael Flynn appears to be under investigation for his activities while he ran the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration”. Obviously if the guy flipped and started working for foreign governments, he was much more useful to them within government than after he was fired in disgrace. Of course for the incredulous American press, “Mueller’s investigation previously has been reported to include a probe of Flynn’s activities after he was ousted from the DIA in 2014 and traveled to Russia, lobbied for the Turkish government, and joined Trump’s presidential campaign. Until now, however, there has been no indication that Mueller was looking into Flynn’s two-year tenure as head of the nation’s leading producer of foreign military intelligence.” According to BuzzFeed, “The DIA suggested otherwise in a Nov. 15 letter to BuzzFeed News that denied a reporter’s three-year-old request for Flynn’s emails, job evaluations, and other records related to his work as the agency’s director. The letter to reporter Jason Leopold says that releasing Flynn’s records could ‘interfere with ongoing law enforcement investigative activities.’” The letter is of note as it “is the first public indication that Mueller is investigating Flynn’s stormy leadership period at the DIA”. Recall he was known for his “Flynn facts” which later liars have dubbed “alternative facts,” as in shit that ain’t real but laden with conspiracies that validate preexisting conceptions, often bullshit themselves.
ARYAN PRINCESS IVANKA DOES INDIA WITH NO STATE DEPARTMENT
O, Trumpistan! The famiglia is now going where it truly has no business even in shitty Trumpistan: repping this country solo in lieu of diplomats from our now gutted State Department. The Washington Post reports, “The president’s daughter and White House adviser was scheduled to be in India for two days, dubbed ‘a royal visit’ by the Indian media. She came without senior State Department officials”. Gross because of course our forebears fought a revolution to get rid of disgusting monarchical leeches that encroach on the state and have no business doing so. But here it is 2017, far from the battlefields of the late eighteenth century and here we are, with Aryan princess Ivanka in India. The Washington Post adds, “She headlined an event focused on uplifting and supporting women entrepreneurs, but there was no mention of her apparel company’s use of low-wage workers in India and other countries to stitch her clothes.” Furthermore, “Trump shared the dais at the U.S.-sponsored Global Entrepreneurship Summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and business leaders,” The Washington Post reports. Indeed Aryan princess own Instagram was filled with the ephemeral covfefe of the trip and yet another bad fashion choice contributing to the aesthetic assault the Trumpistani elites are known for. It is almost as brutal as the assault on our constitutional rights! If not for that…
From The Washington Post.
JUST WORDS: T REX CONDEMNS RUSSIA, SERVES RUSSIA PUPPET REGIME
The Washington Post reports, “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday accused Russia of using ‘malicious tactics’ against the United States and European allies, including election interference, poisoning relations to a low reminiscent of the Cold War.” Ironically, “In a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, Tillerson cited a litany of Russia’s bad behavior, including invasions of neighboring Georgia and Ukraine, its energy policy, cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns to undermine democratic elections. He said the country’s actions ‘are not the behaviors of a responsible nation,’” The Washington Post reports. Guess what other country is not behaving responsibly? If you guessed Trumpistan and yearn for America back, you are correct! O, Trumpistan!
From The Washington Post.
UZBEKH INCIDENT RAISES QUESTIONS OF RUSSIA ROLE IN CUBA ATTACKS
CBS News reports, “A newly revealed incident reported by a USAID officer who is based at the American embassy in Uzbekistan is raising suspicions Russia may have been involved and could have had a hand in bizarre attacks targeting U.S. diplomats in Cuba.” According to CBS News, “In September, the officer and his wife reported, according to one source familiar with the incident, what may have been at least one acoustic attack similar to those experienced by the diplomats in Havana.” Recall, “The first Cuba attacks began in November 2016, and the last report of an attack was in August 2017. Victims of the attacks in Cuba describe hearing a loud, high-pitched sound often described like a hiss of cicadas or crickets in unusual places—often in their homes.” CBS News reports, “Victims of the attacks in Cuba were diagnosed with hearing loss, brain injuries, cognitive issues and other conditions.” CBS News adds that in Uzbekistan, “the two suffered similar effects and were flown out of Tashkent by the State Department to be evaluated. It is unclear what further diagnosis or care they have had following their departure from Uzbekistan.”
From CBS News.
D.C. COUNCIL MEMBERS WANT EMBASSY STREET NAMED FOR NEMTSOV
CNN reports, “New legislation championed by two DC Council members would symbolically change the name of a small stretch of road outside the Russian Embassy to that of Boris Nemtsov, a pro-democracy Russian dissident who was assassinated in Moscow in 2015.” Troll baby troll! Make no mistake, “The honorary renaming is meant to send a message to Russia and the rest of the world, according to council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), who cosponsored the bill with Chairman Phil Mendelson.” CNN adds, “The bill would symbolically rename the stretch of Wisconsin Avenue to 1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza, adding that name to the street sign. The measure is scheduled to get its first hearing next week.” CNN notes, “This wouldn’t be the first time a Russian Embassy’s address was honorarily renamed. Back in 1987, street signs outside the then-Soviet Embassy were changed to include the moniker of Andrei Sakharov, a Soviet human rights activist who had been placed under internal exile.”
KAZAKH CANADIAN HACKER KARIM BARATOV PLEADS GUILTY
Tech Crunch reports, “A Canadian citizen has pleaded guilty to aiding Russian intelligence officers in a 2014 hack of Yahoo that exposed as many as 500 million accounts. The defendant, 22-year-old Karim Baratov, is the only arrest to come out of the Yahoo hack as the three other individuals facing charges live in Russia”. U.S. federal prosecutors “believe that FSB officers Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin directed the hack and contracted Baratov when their targets used email accounts outside of Yahoo’s system.” Twenty two years old. Let that sink in. In 2014, he was nineteen and likely as scared shitless then as he is now. CNN notes, “Baratov could face up to 26 years in prison, Judge Vince Chhabria said in the courtroom Tuesday,” adding, “The sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 20.”
BULLSHIT: KASPERSKY SAYS HE WOULD LEAVE RUSSIA IF ASKED TO SPY LOL
Reuters reports, “The founder of Moscow-based anti-virus software company Kaspersky Lab said on Tuesday he would quit Russia if its intelligence agencies ever asked his company to spy for it.” Nevermind that he once worked for Russian intelligence, so total lol. Reuters notes, “Kaspersky, who studied in a KGB institute in Moscow, once served as an engineer for Soviet military intelligence (GRU) before founding his computer security company in the years following the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.” So his latest statement is only so much bullshit. Another speck of Kremlin scum, a grade F Lubyanka shitstain — just like our fake Russian president! They would get along as they stick to the same toilet bowl.
—–INDICTMENT ROCK CITY—–
Talking Points Memo reports, “Rick Gates’ side-job producing a handful of D-list films has come back to haunt him in the case brought against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.” According to Talking Points Memo, “a separate fraud case brought in New York against some of Gates’ film producing associates is now causing Gates problems in his own criminal case.” Talking Points Memo reports, “The New York case involves allegations that a group of producers bamboozled investors, including a reality TV star, using falsified bank statements and other fraudulent means, to convince them to back film projects the producers claimed they were attached to. The producers instead would allegedly use the investors’ funding for personal expenses”. Talking Points Memo adds, “Gates shares an attorney with one of the producers in the New York case, Steven Brown. According to court filings last week, the two shared financial relationships that Gates failed to disclose to Mueller’s team as they hash out a bail deal.” Talking Points Memo adds, “Prosecutors have now asked a judge to review the potential conflict of Gates and Brown sharing the attorney, Walter Mack, in their respective cases, with a hearing on the issue scheduled for next week.” Shit, another fraudster around Trump and his team – what are the chances? Obviously a hoax perpetrated by Hillary Clinton disguised as a 400-pound Chinese man in a basement somewhere, with Seth Rich in the parlor with the candlestick! But her emails! Which brings us to…
From Talking Points Memo.
WHEN THE SHIP COMES IN
The Times of London reports, “An academic accused of interfering in the US election by offering information about Russian ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump’s aides has resigned from his role with a Scottish university.” This is of course Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud “who was a teaching fellow in the politics department at Stirling University,” until he “quit weeks after he was named as the mysterious professor in US court documents, placing him at the centre of an international scandal over Kremlin meddling in last year’s presidential election campaign.” Recall, “It was alleged that he acted as a go-between for Moscow by detailing ‘thousands of emails’ about Mrs Clinton to George Papadopoulos,” the now indicted Trump foreign policy aide who had no experience and is currently singing to the feds.
From The Times of London.
HOUSE INTEL INTERFERENCE A SUCCESS
Put a chalk mark on the board for DARKNESS AT NUNES. Bloomberg reports, “The House Intelligence Committee spent 10 months trying to conduct a bipartisan probe of Russian meddling in the U.S. election, but repeated bursts of political skirmishing have left Republican and Democratic panel leaders preparing competing findings.” According to Bloomberg, “Republicans are planning to wrap up their Russia probe as early as February, but they’re not likely to agree with Democrats on a bipartisan report”. Horrifically, unpatriotically, “A Republican ‘majority’ report will assert there’s no evidence of Russian collusion with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign based on what the committee has learned so far,” Bloomberg reports. To every Republican working to destroy democracy and sell the American people into a future of Russian servitude, a very hearty fuck you from TRUMPISTAN WATCH! (And do remember to shop the ACTIVE MEASURES ACTIVE WEAR collection at the TRUMPISTAN WATCH merch shop to get your DARKNESS AT NUNES tote bag today! For America! For freedom!)
TRUMP TOWER MEETING TRANSLATOR INTERVIEWED
Bloomberg reports, “The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon interviewed the translator who attended a controversial meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer at the height of the presidential campaign. The closed-door interview with Anatoli Samochornov was confirmed by a congressional official”.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
JUDICIAL ASSAULT: U.S. ATTORNEYS HIRING PROBE REQUESTED
The Hill reports, “Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is calling for a hearing to probe possible influence in the selection of U.S. attorneys, following reports that President Trump conducted interviews for potential nominees to influential courts.” Kleptocrats, mafiosi and dictators the world over try and shut down a free and independent judiciary where there is one so as to control the levers of justice and power. Trump has been accused of packing the courts with unqualified judges, which will likely subvert the course of justice for a generation to come. The Hill notes, “The interviews by Trump of three attorneys in New York and Washington, D.C., have raised concerns among lawmakers over a potential conflict of interest given Trump’s personal and business ties to the two cities.”
From The Hill.
FAKE NEWS FOOTAGE SUBMITTED AS REAL GOVERNMENT EVIDENCE
The Guardian reports, “Federal prosecutors targeting anti-Trump protesters are relying on video evidence from Project Veritas, a far-right group under fire this week for allegedly trying to dupe the Washington Post with a false story of sexual misconduct. The US attorney’s office submitted the footage in court on Tuesday as part of an ongoing trial against activists who protested Donald Trump’s inauguration and now face conspiracy and rioting charges that could lead to decades in prison.” Another way to ruin the judicial process: corrupt the proceedings with bullshit evidence. O, Trumpistan!
From The Guardian.
AFTER WH LIFE: NEO-NAZI GORKA TAKES POST AT HERITAGE FOUNDATION
The Washington Examiner reports, “Sebastian Gorka is working with the conservative Heritage Foundation. As an independent contractor though, the former deputy assistant to President Trump won’t enjoy all the perks of a full-time employee.” Still why is this foreign neo-Nazi taking the job of some hard working American white nationalist? The Washington Examiner notes, “Late Tuesday afternoon Gorka updated his public resume to include a post at the conservative think tank. According to his LinkedIn profile, Gorka has worked at Heritage as a consultant since October.” But then Heritage got a quiver of shame about it being infiltrated by Kremlin Scum and hiring a neo-Nazi because “Heritage quickly made it clear that Gorka’s connection was limited.” Whatever, you employ him, you own that shitstain.
From The Washington Examiner.
WHY DOES RUSSIA WANT TO SHUTDOWN OUR FREER INTERNET?
Bloomberg reports, “Someone was trying to game the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s electronic public comment system on net-neutrality rules.” That someone? According to Bloomberg, “A study has found more than 7.75 million comments were submitted from email domains attributed to FakeMailGenerator.com, and they had nearly identical wording. The FCC says some of the nearly 23 million comments on Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to gut Obama-era rules were filed under the same name more than 90 times each. And then there were the 444,938 from Russian email addresses, which also raised eyebrows”. Seems entirely grassroots and not at all fraudulent. Please corporate America, tell us what to think! And please do so with the full consent and instruction of any funders functioning as proxies of the Russian mafia state! We’re just confused stupid Americans!
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
WHEN GOING TO RUSSIA, REMEMBER YOU HAVE NO BASIC RIGHTS
The Guardian reports, “LGBT fans will be warned about holding hands in public and other outward displays of affection when in Russia for the World Cup next summer. A cautionary guide will be produced by Fare – formerly Football Against Racism in Europe and now a pressure group that campaigns for equality in football – and dispersed to fans travelling to the tournament.”
From The Guardian.
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